Martin Luther praised the beauty of music and its unique ability to transform the soul. Serving Christ through music gives a powerful way both to reach deep within our souls and to share this gift with those around us.
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church has a wonderful tradition of congregational song. As stewards of God's gift of music, members give their time and talents as choir members, bell ringers, worship leaders, assisting ministers, and otherwise contribute to worship life here at St. Paul’s.
Choirs & Music Groups
Whether you're four or 94, a seasoned musician, or you just love to praise God through music, we invite you to join us.
Opportunities for Adults and Youth
St. Paul’s Chancel Choir is the primary choir of the church, responsible for leading hymnody, presenting choral anthems, and otherwise enhancing worship through their musical offerings. Open to all singers 6th grade to adults, the Chancel Choir strives to learn and present music of the highest quality, while leading with sensitivity, passion, and humility. Their repertoire spans from the 14th century to present, ranging from accessible hymn arrangements to more complex choral works. Large works that the Chancel Choir has recently performed include Requiems by John Rutter and Dan Forrest and an Advent cantata by J.S. Bach.
In addition to weekly worship leadership, the Chancel Choir also participates in several special musical events each year, including an annual All Saints Vigil in November and a special Advent service.
Chancel Choir rehearses 7:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays.
Rejoice Worship Team
The Rejoice Worship Team leads music for St. Paul’s Rejoice service. The team is comprised of different people each week, based on their availability and willingness to volunteer. Each week involves a 45 minute long rehearsal to explore the music on the Saturday before worship, and then the worship service itself. The Rejoice team members also contribute with their talents on guitar, drum set, hand percussion, and other instruments.
Bells of Praise
Bells of Praise is open to any ringer of middle school age and up. The choir plays several times during the school year, offering special music and supporting hymnody and psalmody. The choir uses a set of three and a half octaves of Schulmerich bells and two octaves of chimes. Bells of Praise also participates in other special services throughout the year.
Bells of Praise rehearses weekly on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Opportunities for Children
Cherub Choir (Age 3 - Grade 2)
You are never too young to connect to God by connecting to others, never too young to serve God by serving others, and never too young to share the faith through music. This young choir seeks to help children find their singing voices, develop social skills, and contribute to worship once a month. Bible stories connected to seasons of the church year are included in the teaching of age-appropriate musical selections. Actions are often used to aid in memorization.
Cherub Choir is led by Karen Dickman, accompanied on guitar by Ael Suhr, and assisted by teenage helpers. Cherub Choir meets Wednesdays after Saints Alive during the school year.
Friends of the Lord (Grades 3-6)
Friends of the Lord is an enthusiastic group students in grades 3-5. Co-directed by Nick and Stephanie Klemetson, Friends of the Lord works to expand musical horizons, increase music literacy, and refine vocal technique, allowing children to let their beautiful voices shine in worship through the singing of hymns and anthems. A highlight of the choir's season is their leadership of a Holden Evening Prayer service during Lent.
Friends of the Lord meets Wednesdays after Saints Alive and Connect during the school year.
The St. Paul's School Choir is open to students in grades 4-6. The choir rehearses twice a week for half an hour and sings at a worship several times during the school year. The choir also contributes to the school-led Advent worship in December and the 6th grade graduation service in May.
6th Grade Handbell Choir
St. Paul's Lutheran School provides the opportunity for 6th grade students to ring in a handbell choir. After completing a handbell unit in general music class, 6th graders decide if they want to join the handbell choir. They rehearse once a week for 25 minutes and provide music at the school-led Advent Worship in December and the 6th grade graduation ceremony in May.